Members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may find Joanne Brooks’ Mormonism and White Supremacy: American Religion and The Problem of Racial Innocence (Oxford University Press, 2020) a painful read. Brooks, a lifelong Latter-day Saint and … Continue reading Book painfully details acceptance of racism in church’s past and present
I recently had an unusual opportunity to read a book before the publishing date. The book, which goes on sale Feb. 19, was the latest by Peter Enns, a controversial Christian writer known for challenging the traditional evangelical concept of … Continue reading A Latter-day Saint reflects on a Protestant rebel’s wisdom approach to studying Scripture
This is for my Latter-day Saint friends. I don’t really expect those unfamiliar with my church to understand the context, but of course all are welcome to read this. Anyone else feel like [Elder Dieter F.] Uchtdorf’s talk was … Continue reading Thoughts on that talk at General Conference
No Facebook for seven days? I’ll take the challenge! Details later this week about why. Sunday (Day 0) evening: I’ll admit it, even though I never expected this to happen: I’m a Facebook addict. No, I don’t have it as … Continue reading No Facebook for a week? Let’s go for it!
Adam S. Miller’s Letters to a Young Mormon might have been better titled How To Be a Mormon Without Thinking or Talking Like One. A very brief book (about the length of a long article in The Atlantic), Letters takes … Continue reading Mormonism meets Buddhism in Miller’s ‘Letters’
Sometimes we can learn from the mistakes of others. That’s why I’m hoping that those in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with authority far more than my own can take to heart advice of the sort offered … Continue reading Catholic offers advice for Mormons facing sex-abuse scandal
The newest book by Fiona and Terryl Givens may be the most radical work ever published by LDS-owned Deseret Book. I’m not using hyperbole. The book, The Christ Who Heals: How God Restored the Truth That Saves Us, persuasively presents … Continue reading Givenses’ newest book challenges prevailing LDS paradigm of Atonement
Did the late Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry really endorse an alt-right agenda that is little more than nicely packaged racism? That’s certainly the impression you’d get from following social-media feeds of the mononymous Ayla, the most outspoken member of … Continue reading Fact check: Do LDS teachings support the alt-right?
In his 2014 book, Peter Enns gives an accessible explanation of the historical-critical method of understanding the Bible. Continue reading Enns’ explanation for Old Testament genocide: It didn’t happen